For your consideration, a fine and extremely rare service set, in silverplate (attalage) by Edward E. Langbein,. This impeccably modernist two piece set circa 1950’s-1960’s, is composed of a matching bone handled serving spoon and flat server both created in attelage over brass; the spoon measures 7 ½” x 1 5/8” and the flat server measures 7 5/8” x 1 5/8”. The pieces are stamped “Langbein” “Made in France” and are in excellent condition with no chips or defects, and appear to be only lightly used. Both matching pieces exhibit tapered bodies terminating in hand fashioned and perfectly crafted bone ends. Reminiscent of the workmanship exhibited by the workshops employed by Hermes in France, this elegant serving set exhibits both impeccable craftsmanship and an “American design vitality”. This is the only example of Edward Langbein’s tableware that I have found. Langbein, in addition to being a designer, produced his own lines of decorative items and tableware through his company, Edward E. Langbein Giftware in Brooklyn, NY between the late 1930's and early 1960's. His designs were produced in Italy and marked 'ED LANGBEIN ORIGINAL ITALY'. Some of his work is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and he was part of the 1957 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in NYC entitled 'Table Settings: The Old With The New' along with the works of such noted designers as Russel Wright, Raymond Loewy and Eva Zeisel.
In this exhibit four rooms were set up, each displaying the designs of four prominent designers of the time. In addition to the Edward Langbein room the exhibit included the design rooms of Russel Wright, Raymond Loewy and Eva Zeisel.
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